Snoring is annoying, but it can also be dangerous. Snoring is one of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea – the condition that causes one to stop breathing for 10 – 30 seconds up to 400 times during the course of the night. This not only causes morning grumpiness, but also has been linked to severe health problems including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, and even how well (or not so well) your brain works. Overall, people suffering from untreated sleep apnea are 7 times more at risk of getting in a car wreck and 6 times more at risk of death from all causes, irrespective of any other illnesses.
Dr. Rosen and other trained dentists can now create an oral appliance that is worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. With an oral appliance, dentists can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases.
Using an overnight sleep study to detect and diagnose sleep apnea, a physician can diagnose sleep disorders and recommend a treatment. Once a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea or a sleep related breathing disorder by board certified sleep medicine physician at an AASM accredited sleep center, a dental sleep specialist like Dr. Rosen assists patients in the selection and fitting of an oral appliance and provides long-term follow-up care.
Dr. Rosen feels so strongly that knowledge and action can improve and even save lives that he is offering a no-cost individual 30 minute consultation on the subject of sleep breathing disorders, whether it’s you or your partner’s really loud snoring, or sleep apnea. Make sure you and your partner are not at risk for this very easy to remedy but potentially devastating condition – schedule a visit for you or someone you love online or by calling 831-424-0881.